Given events around the world over the last year, the Institute, in collaboration with Middlebury College has reevaluated the ways in which we support Institute students during the periods of time they are abroad. Because our students engage the world in a wide variety of ways, it is important that we manage the risks that students take when going abroad. To this end, in those instances when students are participating in an activity that is sponsored or supported by the Institute in any way, we are introducing new protocols designed to better manage the inherent risks of traveling abroad.
We have adopted a new Institute policy requiring all students traveling abroad on any Institute-sponsored activity to register their plans and all contact information with the Institute prior to departure. We need this information in the event of any natural or man-made emergencies.
All students who are participating in the International Professional Service Semester, DPMI Plus, Frontier Market Scouts, or a professor-led international trip or program will automatically be registered in this system during the application process for these programs.
If, however, you are planning to go abroad on any other Institute-sponsored program (internship, volunteer activity, service project, research project, etc.), you too will be required to register with the Institute’s risk management system. You will also be required to demonstrate that you are covered with the appropriate insurance. Any Institute office that sponsors such activities will work with you to ensure that you have the necessary insurance.
All students going abroad on programs outside normal study abroad programs should register their plan through Middlebury's website.